Almost half of Pinoys satisfied with Duterte's coronavirus response: online poll

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2020 02:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 20, 2020. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo/File

MANILA- Nearly half of Filipinos showed confidence in President Duterte's leadership in the country's coronavirus pandemic response, a foreign online survey showed this week.

The Philippines averaged a 49-percent satisfaction rating when it comes to pandemic response, results of a survey by Blackbox Research firm, and Toluna media company released Wednesday showed.

The survey measured 4 key performance indicators: national political leadership, corporate leadership, community, and media. 

The Philippines scored higher than neighboring Southeast Asian countries Indonesia (48 percent), Singapore (48 percent), and Thailand (36 percent).

China, the origin of the pandemic, had the highest average satisfaction rating at 85 percent followed by Vietnam at 77 percent, and India at 59 percent.

Mexico logged the lowest average satisfaction rating at 37 percent, followed by the United States at 41 percent, and Iran at 36 percent respectively.

"Overall, most countries are not performing up to their citizens’ expectations. The Chinese are exceptionally satisfied, which could be attributed to how they are already in their post-COVID-19 recovery phase amid the global outbreak, which gave a sense that China has handled the crisis well," David Black, founder and chief executive officer of Blackbox Research said.

“COVID-19 is not the first and will not be the last global pandemic. In order to rebuild public trust and confidence, leaders need to consider the lasting implications and impacts of the crisis in order to emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient," Black said.

When it comes to national political leadership, 45 percent of Filipinos said they were satisfied with Duterte's crisis response.

Community leadership and business leadership in the Philippines, meanwhile, got relatively lower scores of 37 percent and 36 percent respectively.

Media response to the pandemic was the most favored among the virus response factors with a 78-percent approval rating in the Philippines.

Malacañang welcomed the results of the survey as it stressed that fighting the pandemic is a "collective effort."

"Government cannot do it alone and we are therefore grateful to the private sector, the media, and the community in general for demonstrating the true Filipino bayanihan spirit in this extraordinary situation," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Friday.

The online poll covered 23 countries and had respondents aged between 18 to 80, and has a 3 to 6 percent statistical margin of error.

Blackbox said quotas were applied for gender, age and socio-economic criteria, including education and household type, to ensure representative coverage. 

The survey was conducted between April 3 and 19 starting first in Asia up to Iran.